The Week in Fresh Tracks [Jensen Sportag, Hepatitties, Field Days, J.S. Yeary, Smiletron]

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Nary a week goes by here at the Cream in which we don't see a handful of fresh local tunes float our way. It's been a full one, so below you'll find another installment of The Week in Fresh Tracks, and this time you can hear some brand-new electro-pop from Jensen Sportag, spazzy, brainy punk from Hepatitties, thoughtful folk from Field Days, well-crafted country rock from J.S. Yeary and hypnotizing chiptune from Smiletron. Got some fresh tracks you'd like to share? Email cream[at]nashvillescene[dot]com.

* We've already established — via their Madi Diaz remix — that local production whizzes Jensen Sportag are forever the smoothest when it comes to retooling pop jams. Here's further proof. The duo just premiered their remix of Erika Spring's "Hidden" via Gorilla vs. Bear. (Spring, by the way, is a member of acclaimed dream-pop outfit Au Revoir Simone.) Anyway, this remix is slick, undulating, pulsing, sexy electro-pop of the highest order. That's the Sportag's area of expertise, and here's a big dose of it. Stream it above or download the MP3 here.

* We've talked about absurdly named local outfit Hepatitties a time or two. They're the frantic, busy, schizophrenic bedroom-punk group that features members of Square People and Fly Golden Eagle and writes all of their material from the perspective of British it girl and recent mother Peaches Geldof. Yes, really. Hepatitties has a four-song EP called Banality Winkin' that they released on June 22. You can stream it now above or via Bandcamp, but according to 'Titties mastermind Chris Murray, it will only be up through Wednesday. After that, you'll have to get it on "special edition CD-R" via "local retailers." Anyway, it's spazzy and intriguing and much more transfixing than you might expect an EP by a band called Hepatitties to be. Also, see if you can find the Steely Dan "Reelin' in the Years" reference. Hint: It's in "I Get Around," which is actually a pretty great song.


* Field Days is the solo project of local dude Patrick Damphier — Damphier, by the way, is a sideman in The Mynabirds, who you can see this Friday, June 29, at The High Watt. I've previously called Field Days "bedroom folk" that marries "keen, intimate vocal harmonies with minimal but pleasant instrumentation." With the new single "I'm With You," Damphier is at it again, gliding gracefully through pretty, smart melodies and atmospherics. The track — which you can watch the video for above or purchase for a handy $0.99 via Paypal — features contributions from skilled about-town front- and sidepersons Eli Beaird, Jordan Caress, Terry Price and T.W. Walsh. It's warm and pretty, so dig it.



* Local picker, grinner, shredder and singer Jason Yeary — going by "J.S. Yeary" here, it appears — is known for adding what has been dubbed "country-tallica" stylings to local outfits like Hammertorch and Shoot the Mountain. (Full disclosure: I, for a time, was the last and least awesome drummer in Shoot the Mountain's long line of drummers.) Mr. Yeary has recently put together a five-song EP titled Country Just Feels Good (indeed it does, when done correctly), and you can stream the whole thing above or via Soundcloud. As wholesome, familiar and conventional as many of Country's elements are, Yeary still injects a bit of modernity here, from the wailing licks of "Anything Is Possible" to the squawking synth blasts of "Natural Heart." I recommend it for fans of Dawes, Delta Spirit, Deer Tick, Glossary, Hammertorch and Ghostfinger.


* Who'd have thought Nashville would become a hotbed for chiptune/8-bit music? Thanks to projects like Sugar Sk*-*lls and Fake Brad, bleeping, crunchy video game music has become a shimmering thread in the rich tapestry that makes up Music City. Add to your list of experimental electronic artists Smiletron, who recently released the EP Solstice, appropriately enough, on the first day of summer. Thanks go to We Own This Town for hipping me on this one — it's dreamy and complex, and easily the most listenable 8-bit music I've ever encountered.

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